This web site results from the creative efforts of playwright Shelley Herman Gillon (plan, research, text, program ideas) and Washington, DC-based Web designer Kathy Cashel (graphics, design). Catharine Garber serves as Editor.

MOONFEST wouldn't be possible without the support, imagination and practical advice of the following:

  • John J. Gillon Jr., JD, MPH
  • Janet MacDonell, Esq.; Faun Fenderson, Esq.; Pamela N. Fritch, MA; Elizabeth Bramlet, MA; Maggie Arnold Silberstein, MA, MSW
  • Carmen de Jesus Tiglao, Charlene Day, Alexandra Mattson
  • Wilfred "Buddy" Kullman Jr.; Margaret "Peg" Lotito; Carole Brussell, MA; Lisa Forrest
  • Martie Harris, Dot Procter, Renee Kreithen, Doris Beverlin, Jan Cook, Joy Jones, Candace Drew
  • Members of the Santa Fe Café Round Table: Joseph Balcer, President, International Decision Strategies; Sally Ferrett, Esq.; Dick & Margot Mazeau, Esq. & Esq.; Catharine Garber, President, Garber Publications Ltd.; Angela Titone; Maud Beelman
  • Jedediah Wheeler; Janet Solomon, PhD; Rabbi Lewis Solomon; Aphrodite Matsakis, PhD; Jay R. West, CPA; Harriet McFaul Pilger 
  • Pat Cashio; Cynthia Keegan; Ronda Dudley; Richard Feldman; Rev. Dave MacMillan; Dee McMillan; Kathie Burton; James and Joyce Miller; Beth Siniawsky; Daniel Swarz; Janet Griffin; Ann Grant, Hyde Park Press; Prof. Francine Segal; Mary Ellen Stein

CONTACT provides information for some of the individuals and entities listed here; SOURCES offers source material citations and links.

I want!, I want!
William Blake, 1793

The moon and the sun cause the Earth’s tides, but the moon has a much greater effect. The moon’s gravity pulls on the Earth’s oceans. High tide aligns with the moon as the Earth spins underneath it. Another high tide happens on the other side of Earth because gravity pulls the Earth toward the moon more than it pulls the water. When the sun, Earth and moon line up at full and new moons, they produce higher than normal tides.

With a diameter of approximately 2,160 miles, Earth’s moon is the biggest in our solar system. It may have a “little sister” in the sky, an asteroid called Cruithne.

Without the moon to stabilize Earth’s rotation, our planet might wobble so much that it couldn’t support life — at least as we know it.